The Adult Family Home Council (AFH Council) is a mission driven member organization formed in 1993 providing adult family home providers with resources and training covering all aspects of their business. The Adult Family Home Council supports regional chapters that conduct regular meetings, continuing education and networking opportunities. The AFH Council also advocates on behalf of AFH providers with the state legislature, the Department of Social and Health Services, as a member of the Washington State Senior Citizen’s Lobby, and is the exclusively recognized representative of adult family homes for purposes of collective bargaining.

AFH Council’s Board of Directors is made up of volunteer Adult Family Home providers elected to a three year term based on their regional location in the state. The purpose of the Board, on behalf of AFH Council’s membership, is to ensure the AFH Council achieves appropriate results for the membership at an appropriate cost. The Board commits itself and its members to ethical, professional, and lawful conduct, including proper use of authority and appropriate decorum when acting as Board members.

Responsibilities include:

  • Determine the Organization’s Mission and Purpose
  • Recruit, supervise, retain, evaluate and compensate executive director
  • Govern and support the organization and the relationship with the executive director
  • Ensure Effective Organizational Planning
  • Ensure Adequate Resources
  • Manage Resources Effectively
  • Determine and Monitor the Organization’s Programs and Services
  • Enhance the Organization’s Public Image
  • Assess its Own Performance

Click here for information about upcoming board meetings

Click here for the latest Board Meeting Minutes









Region 1


Kim Erwin



Region 2


Jenna Hester



Region 3


Edwin Bondoc



Region 4


Dorothy Schlimme



Region 5


George Kibunyi



Region 6


Michelle Simmons



Region 7


Dan Puravet








At Large Delegate


Eyob Gebrekidan



At Large Delegate


Rey Aquinde


At Large Delegate


Bonnie Bruce



At Large Delegate


Gene Nassen



 Region 1:  Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane and Whitman Counties

Region 2:  Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Garfield, Franklin, Kittitas, Klickitat, Walla Walla and Yakima Counties

Region 3:  Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties

Region 4:  King County

Region 5:  Kitsap and Pierce Counties

Region 6:  Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Skamania, Thurston and Wahkiakum Counties

Region 7:  King County

As the exclusive bargaining representative of adult family home providers, the Adult Family Home Council engages in contract negotiations with the state every two years to fight for issues related to (i) economic compensation, such as manner and rate of subsidy and reimbursement, including tiered reimbursements; (ii) health and welfare benefits; (iii) professional development and training; (iv) labor-anagement committees; (v) grievance procedures; and (vi) other economic matters. This process is known as collective bargaining. Last summer the Adult Family Home Council negotiated a new collective bargaining contract with the department of social and health services (DSHS) and the office of financial management (OFM) that resulted in an interest arbitration award that increased adult family homes spending by the largest single dollar amount ever awarded to AFHs in Washington State. Bargaining for the 2023-25 biennium resulted in a negotiated contract agreement that included:

  • $339 million spending increase for AFHs
  • Average base daily rate increase of 29%
  • 66% increase to Expanded Community Services
  • 8% increase to Specialized Behavior Support
  • 56% increase to HIV/AIDS contracts
  • 115% increase to Community Integration
  • 33% increase to Meaningful Day
  • Updated county designation. The new contract will
    now have two county categories instead of three.
  • Increased contribution to the Adult Family Home Training Network 

The AFH Council is continuing to work for better compensation of residents requiring awake staff at night, two person assist, and exhibit mood and behavior that cause increased time to provide assistance with activities of daily living.  Click here to view the current collective bargaining agreement.